Special New Year Eve to view 2020 last sunset on the hills of historical Orange county town: El Modena and walk the holidays lights at Old Orange Town.
This hike is rated level a for pace and elevation. Please see the RATING TABLE for more info about difficulty levels
Meeting time: 4 PM
Duration: ~2 hour
Distance: 3-4 miles
ESSENTIALS: Bring water, running/hiking shoes
El Modena Open Space trailhead at the corner of N Canon St and E Patria Ct, Orange
ABOUT THIS HIKE:
This is a workout conditioning hike composed of a looped route with a mix of trails and sidewalk/bike paths, along with some not too long but fairly steep hills. This trail features terrific views of north Orange County, from Newport Beach to Long Beach. See if you can spot Disneyland, Angels Stadium, and on a clear day, downtown Los Angeles, the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Mt Baldly and much of the San Gabriel Mountains.
The trail starts as a sandy path popular with dog walkers, then climbs up a rough, rocky stretch to the first of three hilltops.
Once up top, the alternating single track and wide sandy path follows the rolling hills for the rest of the hike, up to the top of the final hilltop. Bonus points if you can find the USGS 1932 marker at the top, although I think the local hoodlums have since defaced the marker.
ABOUT EL MODENA and ORANGE OLD TOWN:
The Shades of Orange: El Modena Collection broadens the representation of City of Orange communities in the library’s local history collection. Established in 1887, El Modena is dynamic part of the City of Orange, with its colorful neighborhoods, businesses, and families. The collection consists of historic photographs and stories shared by former and current residents of El Modena. To view these historic photographs please visit the local history website’s Digital Collection.
The City of Orange was founded in 1871 on part of the old Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. For generations, the land had been a cattle ranch, owned by the Yorba and Peralta families. In 1868, the rancho was divided among the many heirs and claimants, and towns and farms began to appear.
TO READ MORE: https://www.orangecountyhistory.org/wp/?page_id=197
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